Coastal & Inland limestone Mallee Communities : Ecological Asset 5

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Description

Limestone Mallee communities exist in both coastal and inland areas within the WildEyre project area, and provide critical pollination vectors and hollows for birds and small mammals.

Species included in this asset include; the Coastal white Mallee (E. diversifolia), White Mallee (E. dumosa), Dryland Tea Tree (Melaleuca lanceolata) and West Coast Mintbush (Prostanthera calycina).

These species are drought tolerant (often existing in areas where nothing else is viable) and despite these communities having a wide distribution, they tend to exist in large vegetated strips across the landscape, exacerbating edge effects and fragmentation issues.

asset5-1Threatened Species

  • Mallee species commonly associated with this ecological asset include;
  • Coastal white Mallee (Eucalyptus diversifolia)
  • White Mallee (E. dumosa)
  • Dryland Tea Tree (Melaleuca lanceolata)
  • West Coast Mintbush (Prostanthera calycina)

Mallee systems are also home to a diverse range of fauna, most notable fauna in limestone mallee systems are:

  • Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
  • Grey-bellied Dunnart (Sminthopsis griseoventer)
  • a diverse range of woodland bird species
  • range of reptiles living in the leaf litter

Potential threats to coastal & inland linestone Mallee communities

  • Historical Land Clearance
  • Unmanaged grazing pressure
  • Feral predators to native fauna
  • Altered fire regime
  • Weed invasion

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